Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Apr. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$8,928,76440%3,73415$2,391$80,882,6032Paramount
2The Croods$8,823,68647%3,879-186$2,275$119,526,2503Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Evil Dead$8,783,208-26%3,025--$2,904$20,682,5581Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$7,024,4850%2,771--$2,535$14,035,1201Universal
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,402,58930%2,0470$2,151$36,169,3592Lionsgate
6Olympus Has Fallen$4,301,36937%3,059-47$1,406$68,518,8573FilmDistrict
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,454,75541%2,905-419$1,189$210,501,9295Disney
8The Host (2013)$2,193,19719%3,2020$685$18,461,9332Open Road
9The Call$1,516,76335%2,002-437$758$44,623,6904Sony / TriStar
10Admission$854,04829%1,407-754$607$14,835,4153Focus
11Spring Breakers$456,89912%1,072-307$426$12,310,5674A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$364,10544%721-361$505$131,052,0859Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$273,18344%524-228$521$129,584,06421Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$229,13451%502-578$456$62,328,2436Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$208,07638%535-1040$389$21,685,4084Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$159,31953%252-50$632$17,097,37713Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$150,81442%269-71$561$123,822,51220Fox
7Safe Haven$117,85619%360-190$327$70,271,4348Relativity Media
8Warm Bodies$116,73640%287125$407$65,514,64410Lionsgate / Summit
9Escape From Planet Earth$109,30528%432-545$253$54,373,0408Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$97,87432%304-442$322$41,730,3597Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$72,25745%22516$321$66,752,6318Fox
1221 And Over$72,21829%180-164$401$25,240,6526Relativity Media
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$62,89860%180-22$349$55,403,30011Paramount
14Django Unchained$57,66233%183-50$315$162,512,16115Weinstein Company
15Emperor$52,27517%120-18$436$3,074,3945Roadside Attractions
16Parental Guidance$37,37324%110-30$340$77,030,52915Fox
17Argo$36,70438%172-88$213$135,875,07926Warner Bros.
18Dead Man Down$20,81644%14671$143$10,813,4335FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,25433%3026$9,308$875,9752Focus
2The Sapphires$136,38471%6048$2,273$368,3133Weinstein Company
3Trance$60,20663%4--$15,052$97,1031Fox Searchlight
4From Up on Poppy Hill$54,35047%4116$1,326$433,1354GKIDS
5Side Effects (2013)$50,07270%80-22$626$31,366,4479Open Road
6Starbuck$27,65968%3114$892$3,591,8703eOne Films US
7Stoker$26,19925%89-105$294$1,611,3036Fox Searchlight
8Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$23,201-12%16--$1,450$49,5671CodeBlack Films
9The Impossible$22,45311%80-6$281$18,890,62816Lionsgate / Summit
10Settai$22,12322%33--$670$40,2301UTV Motion Pictures
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,16242%77-68$223$302,922,52017Warner Bros. / New Line
12To the Arctic 3D$17,001-14%520$327$12,012,96851Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Rise of The Guardians$16,90642%89-45$190$103,386,08620Paramount / DreamWorks
14Born to Be Wild 3D$10,381-8%300$346$22,418,559105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$9,94454%61-38$163$255,8382UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,99846%55-60$164$19,440,0278Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$8,44231%28-73$302$17,174,1917Weinstein / Dimension
18Girl Rising$6,160130%6--$1,027$587,3345Gathr Films
19Camp (2013)$4,207-56%82$526$124,8627Freestyle Releasing
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,383-1%6-5$397$1,557,3687Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$1,650-25%2--$825$3,8421Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$1,62433%12--$135$2,8431Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$56225%2-3$281$1,119,4757UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$433-53%2-5$217$370,1096Methinx Entertainment